When Safety Schools Aren't Safety Schools

[fa icon="calendar'] 9/10/19 11:39 AM / by Vincent Nicandro

Though often one of the most overlooked parts of the college search, safety schools are actually a very critical component to ensure you have options after the admissions season is over. Everyone applying to colleges should have a safeguard. But as the college admissions field becomes all the more competitive across the board, at what point can we no longer consider mainstay safeties as near-guaranteed acceptances? 

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Ask Me Anything: How I Cracked BS/MD Admissions

[fa icon="calendar'] 8/23/19 10:15 AM / by Rohith Kariveda

Applying to college can be daunting, but applying to BS/MD programs can seem even more difficult. With admissions rates in the single digits, earning a spot in a medical school while in high school can seem like an impossible task. 

Having gone through the BS/MD application process last summer, there were several tips that I wish I had known before applying to medical programs. Below are some of the most important things I have taken away from my experience applying to BS/MD programs.

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Choosing a Major at the UCs

[fa icon="calendar'] 8/9/19 9:20 AM / by Sheelah Bearfoot

The University of California college application is officially online! Now that you're scrolling through the app, you may be wondering about how to handle that little check-box for selecting a major. With so many options available, the choice can seem overwhelming. As a follow-up to our previous discussion series about the UC system, we've also compiled a list of resources for those of you wondering what you need to know when picking a major.

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UC Admissions 3 of 3: What You Asked About the “Fine Print” of the University of California’s Admissions Process

[fa icon="calendar'] 8/2/19 9:35 AM / by Sheelah Bearfoot

Get the inside scoop on how to get into the UCs from our UC Admissions Expert, Sheelah. She’s seen UC admissions from all sides – she graduated from Cal in 2016 with a B.S. in Genetics and Plant Biology, and has over four years of experience working in UC Berkeley’s Undergraduate Admissions Office.

This will be a three-part series, broadly covering the following categories:  1) evaluation of your academic record;  2) evaluation of your extracurriculars; and  3) fine-print admissions questions. Hope this helps clear up some confusion during this stressful process!

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UC Admissions 2 of 3: How the University of California Reads Your Extracurriculars

[fa icon="calendar'] 7/30/19 9:55 AM / by Sheelah Bearfoot

Get the inside scoop on how to get into the UCs from our UC Admissions Expert, Sheelah. She’s seen UC admissions from all sides – she graduated from Cal in 2016 with a B.S. in Genetics and Plant Biology, and has over four years of experience working in UC Berkeley’s Undergraduate Admissions Office.

This will be a three-part series, broadly covering the following categories:  1) evaluation of your academic record;  2) evaluation of your extracurriculars; and  3) fine-print admissions questions. Hope this helps clear up some confusion during this stressful process!

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UC Admissions 1 of 3: How the University of California Evaluates Your Academic Record

[fa icon="calendar'] 7/26/19 9:35 AM / by Sheelah Bearfoot

Get the inside scoop on how to get into the UCs from our UC Admissions Expert, Sheelah. She’s seen UC admissions from all sides – she graduated from Cal in 2016 with a B.S. in Genetics and Plant Biology, and has over four years of experience working in UC Berkeley’s Undergraduate Admissions Office.

Drawn from a Q&A session about the UC system, this will be a three-part series, broadly covering the following categories:  1) evaluation of your academic record;  2) evaluation of your extracurriculars; and  3) fine-print admissions questions. Hope this helps clear up some confusion during this stressful process!

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Finalizing Your College List

[fa icon="calendar'] 7/24/19 10:00 AM / by Empowerly Team

College application season is just around the corner, and with over 4,000 degree-granting institutions in the US, finding the schools that you’ll be applying to is hard. Finalizing your list is the first step in setting yourself up for success and can help you manage your college application stress. Here are some of our quick tips on creating your college list:

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What If I Can't Visit a College?

[fa icon="calendar'] 7/17/19 9:30 AM / by Empowerly Team

College visits are important, and can often be the lynchpin in your decision on whether or not to apply to—or attend—a school. However, college visits can get expensive, and finances often present a barrier for prospective students that prevents them from coming to check out a school in person. If finances are getting in between you and your college visit, check out our tips for alternatives for a campus tour:

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How to Start Brainstorming For Your College Essay

[fa icon="calendar'] 7/12/19 1:00 PM / by Frances Cheng

Summer is the perfect time to start writing your essays because college application season is right around the corner! The Empowerly Team understands how difficult writer’s block is, so we listed out some concrete steps for you to get started, and how to craft the perfect essay!

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Your Guide to the UCLA Application

[fa icon="calendar'] 7/5/19 3:00 PM / by Heather Gupton

University of California, Los Angeles is a public university located in the southern part of California. Founded in 1919, the university has about 31,000 undergraduate students and is one of the most applied-to universities in the country. Students can apply to UCLA through the UC application which is due on November 30th for all students. Now let’s take a closer look at applying to UCLA!

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Your Guide to the UT Austin Application

[fa icon="calendar'] 6/27/19 4:00 PM / by Heather Gupton

The University of Texas at Austin is a public research university that many Empowerly and nationwide students have on their college list. Founded in 1833, the university is known for its strong undergraduate business and engineering schools, as well as having many prestigious graduate programs. Applications are due November 1st for the priority deadline and on December 1st for the regular deadline so let’s dive into the application process!

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Does Demonstrated Interest Increase Your Chances of College Admission?

[fa icon="calendar'] 4/23/19 7:49 AM / by Empowerly Team

Demonstrated interest is when a student engages with a college to signal the student is serious about attending the college. Colleges care because students who show high levels of demonstrated interest are more likely to attend the college if accepted.

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How to Overcome College Rejection

[fa icon="calendar'] 4/9/19 5:08 PM / by Empowerly Team

 

1. Gain Some Perspective

The college admission process is a tough, grueling and competitive process. If you’ve been working your entire childhood and teenage years towards the lofty goal of attending Stanford or purchasing a Harvard sweatshirt, it can definitely feel soul crushing when you get rejected from your dream school(s). It’s important to arm yourself with stats - admissions rates, median scores and percentiles, etc - as well as some realistic inspiration.

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Empowerly's CEO addresses the latest college admissions scandal

[fa icon="calendar'] 3/22/19 7:45 AM / by Hanmei Wu

 

As I'm sure many of you have seen on the news, the shocking behavior of a group of parents and college coaches has rocked the world of college admissions. Hollywood actresses Felicity Huffman and Lori Loughlin, as well as many other wealthy parents, have been accused of paying to falsify standardized test scores and college athlete profiles to get their children accepted to top universities. While several justice systems are currently working to appropriately indict these criminals, this is a heinous breach of trust for students everywhere who believe the college admissions process is fair and honest.

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College Choice: Going to the Right College For You

[fa icon="calendar'] 3/20/19 11:19 AM / by Heather Gupton

College admissions has recently been all over the news because of a terrible scandal that involved dozens of wealthy families illegally bolstering their children's applications to get them accepted into top universities.

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